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Reported to House amended (09/04/2002)

Jicarilla Apache Reservation Rural Water System Act - Directs the Secretary of the Interior, in consultation and collaboration with the Jicarilla Apache Nation (the Tribe), to plan, design, and construct the Rural Water Supply Project to improve water supply, delivery, and wastewater facilities for the town of Dulce, New Mexico, and surrounding communities. Allocates costs between the Federal government and the Tribe.

Requires the Tribe to assume annual operation, maintenance, and replacement costs of the project.

Requires: (1) the Secretary to prepare a recommended project plan; and (2) the Tribe to develop an operation, maintenance, and replacement plan to assist it in establishing rates and fees for project customers.

Requires the Secretary to enter into a memorandum of agreement with the Tribe that commits the Bureaus of Reclamation and of Indian Affairs to a transition plan that addresses project operations and maintenance.

Requires the Secretary to oversee project construction and to incorporate value engineering analysis, as appropriate.

Requires the Secretary to provide necessary technical assistance to the Tribe for planning, development, and construction of the project, including operation and management training.

Authorizes appropriations.

Prohibits the use of project funds for irrigation.

States that no new depletions of existing Tribal water rights, as set forth in the Jicarilla Apache Tribe Water Rights Settlement Act, are associated with this project.